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Tip-off on drug peddlers to fetch up to Rs 60,000

Tip-off on drug peddlers to fetch up to Rs 60,000

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9

The Punjab Police have formulated a reward policy for government servants and informers under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.

The move is aimed at strengthening the campaign against drugs. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had at a recent review meeting with top STF and administrative brass asked the Police Department to draft a comprehensive policy document in this regard. A clear and concise policy will facilitate granting cash rewards in the NDPS Act cases in an equitable and transparent manner to all those engaged in eradication of drug abuse, he had said.

Under the policy, informers whose information leads to seizure of narcotics drugs, psychotropic substances, controlled substances, besides the forfeiture of illegally acquired property, would be suitably rewarded.

Officers/officials of the Central or state governments (police, prosecutors, officers of enforcement agencies of GoI) who make seizures or conduct successful investigation or ensure prosecution or achieve forfeiture of illegally acquired property under Chapter V-A would also be considered for reward, as per the policy.

A three-member committee in each district/unit/department, headed by the head of office, will be examining the cases based on the prescribed guidelines and make reco mendations to the ADGP/STF for grant of reward. The recommendations will be scrutinised by a panel of officers at the STF headquarters and put up to ADGP/STF, the spokesperson said. The ADGP/STF has been mandated to confer rewards up to Rs 60,000, while for all amounts above that the DGP will be the final authority.

Government officers will normally be eligible for 50 per cent of the maximum reward mentioned in the policy. Rewards in excess of this limit may be considered only in cases where government officer has exposed himself/herself to a great personal hazard or displayed exemplary courage, commendable initiative or resourcefulness of an extraordinary nature or where his/ her personal efforts have been mainly responsible for the detection of case of seizure.

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